Combining formal experimentation and a deep emotional resonance in a way that few other creators are capable of, Kevin Huizenga has been one of comics’ best-kept secrets for two decades now, first through self-published releases like Supermonster and later indie comics like Or Else or Ganges. The River at Night, Huizenga’s latest release, is his most high-profile to date and also his most complete — at once a very personal story of the thoughts in one man’s head when he can’t sleep at night, and surprisingly universal in its exploration of those thoughts and where they go. Ironically, in terms of its beauty and insight, it’s something that could keep you up at night.
Simultaneously a story explicitly born of the world we live in today and something that feels as if it will be read and understood at any point in the future, Davis' tale is of a couple struggling to find hope and peace in turbulent times while staying involved in the political struggle and the world at large. It’s a messy, complicated and ultimately rewarding work that speaks to Davis’ talent and warmth as a creator and is the kind of effort that is likely to leave the reader changed, and certainly reflective, upon completion.